Counselors may feel unequipped to address the personal, spiritual and trauma needs of veterans at end-of-life, but must develop fluidity, adaptability and courage for these important final conversations. Research on this topic has largely been conducted in the medical community, but counselors play a significant role in supporting veterans in making peaceful transitions from life to death. This presentation draws on interviews with over 80 veterans to identify insight and knowledge about their end-of-life needs.
Identify the specific military culture considerations for counseling combat veterans.
Describe the clinical implications of the war/conflict and time period in which the veteran served.
List specific techniques for compassionately meeting the needs of combat veterans at end-of-life